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Recipes from Paradise: Life & Food on the Italian Riviera Hardcover – October 12, 1997

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Fred Plotkin brings together passion and scholarship, poetry, history, and vivid images of Liguria in Recipes from Paradise, a meticulous and loving record of the region known as the Italian Riviera. Literate and richly written, even florid at times, it documents the interplay of land and sea elemental to Ligurian life in fascinating detail. The alluring, authentic recipes include Stuffed Basil Leaves, Chestnut Gnocchi, and Polenta Incatenata, made with beans, cabbage, and potatoes. Ingredient lists give measures by weight (ounces), volume (cups), and grams, and oven temperatures in Fahrenheit and Centigrade. Some may find this thoroughness distracting, but it makes the book useful to anyone anywhere. More challenging than the careful measurements is the windy narrative form Plotkin employs in the steps for making the dishes; with so many words to wade through, the style may make finding your place difficult. Italophiles and cookbook literati, however, will not care about Plotkin's verbosity as they are blissfully transported and enlightened by the recipes and descriptions.

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Although Plotkin sometimes sounds like the president of the chamber of commerce, his enthusiasm is infectious and his knowledge genuine. He is passionate about the culinary traditions of Liguria, and he has a proper respect for the building blocks of its cuisine, which puts a premium on fragrance. -- The New York Times Book Review, William Grimes
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (October 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316710717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316710718
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #623,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "caroarts" on August 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is an outstanding cookbook. The recipes are interesting with some being unusual. I have cooked many of the dishes in this book often for entertaining and everyone has been impressed. I'm constantly asked where the recipes come from and if I would share them. For the most part the recipes are fairly simple and always straightforward. Fred Plotkin has obviously put much thought and care into the recipes because they always turn out, not something that can be said for most cookbooks. I highly recommend this book for the novice cook as well as the more experienced.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
More than a cookbook, this is an evocative introduction to life on the Italian Riviera. The excellent, clear recipes sent us right to the kitchen -- and the picture Plotkin paints of Liguria sent us right to our travel agent: we've just come back from a vacation in the region, and this book proved an excellent guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryna Siegel, Ph.D. on August 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Bought it for Ligurian foccacia recipe after a sojourn in Camogli. Didn't come close.... :( However--the book is a great travelogue of living and eating on the Ligurian Coast...
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